If you are visiting this little space of mine more regularly, you have probably noticed my weakness for a certain kind of post: declaring my love to something which I thought to be out of my taste comfort zone. The Coal Slider featured in the latest Emerson Fry campaign is not an exception. A few weeks prior I would have deemed them to be nothing but fancy home footwear. Now all I can think of is that I desperately need a pair, that I want to wear them all day long, that I would even pull them off in a business meeting (I would!). I think that this is a quite drastic case of “I can change my mind, can’t I?”. Its roots lying somewhere between the impeccable execution of the shoe (the minimalistic approach, the buttery soft leather and the contrasting sole) and the overall styling of the look (an all black look which gains depth through different kind of shades and textures). Another possible factor: seeing one too many editorials and street style pictures featuring Adidas and Birkenstock slip-ons over the last weeks, sometimes paired with socks. Maybe I do have underestimated this trend and now I find myself with a soft spot for this exact kind of footwear. If so, I am more than happy to comply with these beauties made by Emerson Fry.
Image: Emerson Fry
It is rather rare that I publish a campaign on my blog. So rare in fact that I can remember the one time I did (it was quite a while ago and Jil Sander). Quite surprising, if you ask me. Most campaigns at least equal the quality of editorials and their commercial intention is not substantially different, except for the presence of the label. More often than not they deserve a second glance, just like this picture from the Edun campaign shot by the designer herself, Danielle Sherman. I love the minimalistic approach: a black and white picture shot in profile, simple styling and the renunciation of any storytelling whatsoever.
When I started working in fashion, I remember how startled I was when my colleagues perused the first twenty pages of Vogue with much more excitement and attention than the rest of the magazine. Until then, I was used to astonishment when not complaints from pretty much everyone around me when they had to fight their way through the seemingly countless pages of advertisement. My colleagues, on the other hand, were often times much more in awe of the level of production behind these pictures than any editorial that followed suit. Now, that is what I call a change of perspective.
Image: Danielle Sherman
It has been quite a while. I just have noticed that it has been almost a month, in fact. When practically every other post consists of explanations and excuses, it gets pretty embarrassing if you ask me. Are we quite there yet? I think we are…
This year has been everything but boring so far. Good things happened. Then some not so good things. And now that I am finally able to catch my breath, I can’t believe that it is mid February. Confirmation came in many forms among others in yesterday’s visit to one of my favourite magazine stores: the March issues were piling up and covering all of their walls. One of the magazines that I grabbed for a closer look was the Elle UK and this is the picture that caught my attention. It really did, because just a few minutes later I pointed it out to B. All these colours, the fabrics, the cuts. I wasn’t aware of it, but apparently one can get excited over a pair of bermuda shorts and trainers. Maybe it is just me, but it does practically scream “SPRING!”.
Are we there yet? I hope very soon.
Image: David Vasiljevic for Elle UK
To me, this close-up encapsulates the essence of Maison Martin Margiela. A lot of elements which evoke pureness and simplicity. Such as the clean neckline, the bare face and the perfectly tousled hair. And an element which is unusual in this particular context, but at the same time makes totally sense. Such as this rather unusual piece of jewellery. One of the rare cases where “effortless elegance with a twist” is more than appropriate and not just an expression.
Image: Maison Martin Margiela spring 2013
The beauty of a new year is the feeling of starting over, afresh, having a blank canvas at your disposition and a clear mind…LET’S STOP RIGHT THERE. I don’t know about you but my “clear mind” resembles much more my kitchen after a very successful party than the supposed zen-space. So, with all these ideas, tasks and deadlines, crying for my attention, where am I supposed to start?
Maybe with the 3.1 Phillip 2013 holidays collection and more specifically with the two looks above. The styling (loose T, tucked in hair) is flawless and both jackets are matching my idea of perfect wardrobe staples. But there is more: surprisingly I am finding myself relenting to the idea of wide legged trousers and not any white legged trousers, ladies and gentlemen: white wide legged trousers which are luxuriously touching the ground. A sure nightmare for the hard reality of daily life and a city where a clear coat barely survives two weeks without a visit to the cleaner. Now, add the close relationship between the hem and the floor to the equation…On the other hand there is this perfect silhouette created through the contrast of this unpractical item and the short and beautifully constructed leather jacket. I suppose that the magic of fashion consists in our ability to put the bespoken issues to the very back of our mind or at least relativize them. The dry cleaner is around the corner right?
Images: 3.1 Phillip Lim
I was this close to name this post “About time” simply because I have just finished watching the movie (which was brilliant) and because well, it was so utterly fitting. It is about time to wish you all a wonderful and exciting new year. It is also about time to get back to blogging not because I have to, but because I really missed this place and sharing all the things that catch my attention with you. One of these things will be a little feature on one of my favourite blogs (see source of the picture. hint, hint). I wish you all a great start to the week and speak to you soon…
Image: Suvi Sur Le Vif
Not quite sure if I would make the exact same styling decisions in the morning which is probably the exact reason why I have fallen for this editorial. Whether it’s the silky socks combined with suede pumps or the extravagant tread-sole platform slip-ons, all the little details and especially the somewhat quirky choice in footwear, break down the otherwise perfectly polished looks. And since I have a certain soft spot for contrasts, I can’t help myself but finding this kind of approach to fashion quite appealing. Do you?
Images: Paul Wetherell
Remember how people always say that you have to see things from a different perspective? And how hard it is to suppress a deep sigh and not to give them THE look? Now, maybe they are onto something. At least in this particular case. If I don’t have any time on my hands and I twist my hair up without any effort and attention whatsoever, the result would be very close to the one shown above. The created effect could only be described by me with something close to “nah!”. Let me throw a glance at the picture above however and you will see me saying things like “look” and all of a sudden I will break into an ode to the oh-so-appealing careless approach. Everything is a matter of perspective, right?
Hello my lovely readers! Exactly one week ago I returned home and hit the ground running: whether it is adjusting (hello 30 degrees difference in temperature!), working (how is it possible that every single task is marked with “asapst” in my book?), planing (Christmas is in three weeks. Christmas in in three weeks?!) and scheduling (36 hours day, anyone?). All these things result in me not trying to loose my head over it and a decent amount of lists. But before this post breaks into an ode to the sweet comfort of list making…
What I really wanted to say is that I had the most wonderful time and plan to share a few impressions with you very soon. And also that this place will finally receive the attention which I constantly wanted to grant it over the last weeks and months. Here is to a lot of lovely posts to come!
Image: Cindy Chen
About time that a new post appears on this blog, my dear readers. The last two weeks have showcased a clear trend towards “more tasks than time” at work and what was left was spent on a rather exciting project: a journey. The moment you are using the word “project” in this context should be forewarning enough that you need some time off, right? So this is what I am going to do: I will trade the grey sky for a bright and blue one, the stormy wind for some calming waves and these strong coffee shots (which kept me going) for some long missed sleep. Once I have shed the tiredness and feel like my normal self again, I will return to this place of ours. With a fresh mind. Full of ideas. And some true inspiration. Because this space deserves nothing less.
Images: Tilly Clifford on Instagram